Nobel Prize Award for Physics 1911 - 1920

About the winners of the Nobel Prize for physics from 1911 to 1920 including Bragg, Planck, and Dalen, what they won for, as well as behind the scenes information on the decision.


1911 Wilhelm Wien (1864-1928), German. Work: Discovering laws concerning the radiation of heat.

Behind the Award--Thomas A. Edison, who was seriously being considered for the prize, renounced it in advance so that a person who needed it more might get it.

1912 Niles G. Dalen (1869-1937), Swedish. Work: Inventing gas regulators for acetylene buoys, beacons, and railway lights.

1913 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853-1926), Dutch. Work: Low-temperature experiments which led to helium liquefaction.

1914 Max von Laue (1879-1960), German. Work: Using crystals to diffract X rays.

1915 William H. Bragg (1862-1942), British.

W. Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971), British. Work: Using X rays to determine the structure of crystals.

1916 No Award

1917 Charles G. Barkla (1877-1944), British. Work: Discovering X-ray radiation of elements.

1918 Max K. E. L. Planck (1858-1947), German. Work: Formulating the quantum theory.

1919 Johannes Stark (1874-1957), German. Work: Discovering the splitting of spectral lines in an electrical field.

1920 Charles E. Guillaume (1861-1938), French (b. Switzerland). Work: Discoveries relating to alloys.

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